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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Jun 18, 2012 10:37am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Top Bassists

I was going to ask to limit this to one per person, then promptly broke my own 'rule'. After some painful shifting this is what I picked. If able, please include a vid.

Robbie Shakespeare http://tinyurl.com/78mnn7k http://tinyurl.com/cj2kusv

John Clayton http://tinyurl.com/cvk2fdh

John LaFaro http://tinyurl.com/cvk2fdh

When I was going through mags like RS, they all had the same picks. It's like they didn't even try. Just pick up a competitor's mag and copy, then slightly rearrange. Phil Lesh was picked by one @ # 76 (out of 100). Robbie, unquestioned as reggae's best bassist (and a front man), was picked by no one, while Bob Marley's bassist Austin Barret was picked by all. Maybe Austin's 52 children were working the phones for him.

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Poster: Mandojammer Date: Jun 19, 2012 8:15am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Top Bassists

Serge Koussevitzky - would we even be having this conversation if it weren't for him? Full disclosure, I only know about this guy because of my parents' fondness of everything about the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
Jaco
Stanley Clarke
Howard "Rainwater" Watts - longtime member of Bill Monroe's Bluegrass Boys, none of you actually thought there wasn't going to be a shout out to a bluegrass bassist did you?
Edgar Meyer - currently tearing things up on the bluegrass cicuit. Go buy "Goat Rodeo Sessions" now.
Vic Wooten
Bootsy
Marcus Miller
Roger Waters - "Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking" is a must have IMO

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Poster: user unknown Date: Jun 18, 2012 6:26pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Top Bassists

A lot of great bass players have already been mentioned. Some were on my list. I might add...
Jack Casady
Bill Black
Tim Bogert
and then there is this one old guy(just turned 72)
violinist>jazz trumpeter>bass player

wish I could remember his name, but I know he was/is pretty darned good

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Poster: RBNW....new and improved! Date: Jun 18, 2012 8:50pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Top Bassists

im gonna say John Entwhistle and John Paul Jones and of course our very own Phil Lesh !!!

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Poster: craven714 Date: Jun 18, 2012 11:37am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Top Bassists

My vote:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6WC6EbRQmJ0

too bad hes passed on:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VveIve2pRBk&;feature=related
(Mercury poisoning prolly)

:P

(no one say Geddy. He doesnt deserve it)

was this post modified? you bet. as a matter of fact,

This post was modified by craven714 on 2012-06-18 18:37:18

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Poster: Purple Gel Date: Jun 18, 2012 11:51am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Top Bassists

Errol "Flabba" Holt of the Roots Radics, another overlooked Reggae bassist. Roots Radics were Gregory Isaacs main backup group and can be heard on such classic Isaacs albums like Night Nurse and Private Beach Party. They also are Israel Vibration's backup band and appear on hundreds of other Reggae albums. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UIvq0lFrNlw&;feature=related


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Poster: utopian Date: Jun 20, 2012 1:16pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Top Bassists

Speaking of reggae- the bass player from midnite is one of the best I've ever seen.

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Poster: lobster12 Date: Jun 19, 2012 10:00am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Top Bassists

Derek Smalls

And no...this is not a clip of the Dead in Vegas 1995, although I'm pretty sure I had my thumb down for most of that weekend.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OMTPQVOWCiU

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Poster: staggerleib Date: Jun 22, 2012 3:56pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Top Bassists

Really can't believe that nobody yet has mentioned Tony Levin. Not just a master of the Bass, but also the Stick. For that matter, where is Rob Wasserman?

In addition, I have to add
Jaco
Stanley Clarke
Phil
Kasim Sultan
Chris Squire
Entwhistle

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Poster: hippie64 Date: Jun 18, 2012 12:22pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Top Bassists


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6-DZ5EpLXbc

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Poster: gratefuldiver Date: Jun 20, 2012 12:14am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Top Bassists

No mention of Chris Squire yet?

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Poster: supaslick Date: Jun 21, 2012 10:58am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Top Bassists

Top bassist? Mike Gordon from Phish, but of course

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Poster: madmonkmcphee Date: Jun 18, 2012 1:35pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Top Bassists

Les Claypool kills it

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Poster: chris in long beach Date: Jun 18, 2012 10:07pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Top Bassists

Ok, I see no one has yet mentioned the best bass player ever.

Shame on you :)

Ok, ok, I know you all have different taste in bass players, but for me, it's about making purty melodies with the bass, and no one can top Mr. James Jamerson. (Motown)

Yup, lots are more technically developed, but they don't have his ear.

Here's James on the Jackson 5's "Darling Dear": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ND-iW51idC0

Here's James live with Marvin Gaye:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fopc4exF4D0&;feature=related

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Poster: RBNW....new and improved! Date: Jun 18, 2012 8:59pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Top Bassists

john rider!!!!

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Poster: Hal R Date: Jun 19, 2012 12:50pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Top Bassists

Mike Watt of the Minutemen.

No one has mentioned him yet. I couldn't narrow done to just one or three. Maybe 25.

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Poster: august_wst Date: Jun 18, 2012 11:35am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Top Bassists

Victor Wooten

He's got it all. Speed. Technical proficiency. Groove.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jVQEe8OI3zk

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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Jun 18, 2012 1:10pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Top Bassists

Yes, he's on most of the lists, but he is (was) a talent unlike any other.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AxZWvhGE7CM

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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Jun 18, 2012 1:27pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Top Bassists

I was about to lecture the group sternly for not having Jaco on the list. You stopped me just in time.

saw him years upon years ago in NYC, called up on stage to play with the Radiators...was only supposed to play one song but stayed on for 4 or 5...drunk as a skunk and pissing off the regular bass player for hogging the stage, but by the end even he was grinning ear to ear and shaking his head. Dude was flat out sick on the stick.

also props to Victor Wooten, as many have mentioned...and Tony Levin probably deserves a nod as well...provided great bass for Gabriel back when he actually played music for a living.

This post was modified by grendelschoice on 2012-06-18 20:27:52

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Poster: srtg83 Date: Jun 18, 2012 10:44pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Top Bassists

Speaking of Jaco

Jaco Pastorius

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=az4K8YbRf_E

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Poster: adks12020 Date: Jun 19, 2012 5:50am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Top Bassists

Lots of fantastic bassists already noted but I'll add a few:

-Christian McBride is pretty awesome
-Bootsy Collins should be on there somewhere
-Ron Carter is amazing.
-Dave Holland is great

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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Jun 19, 2012 6:35am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Top Bassists

Excellent call on Bootsy

Wouldn't have "Da' Funk" without his contributions

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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Jun 19, 2012 2:19pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Top Bassists

Here Here on Christian. Guy's phenomenal.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Jun 18, 2012 1:29pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Top Bassists

The one that Jack Bruce always mentioned, so I guess that's good enough for me...

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Poster: leftwinger57 Date: Jun 19, 2012 6:21am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Top Bassists

jack cassidy
phil lesh
john entwistle
rick danko
ron carter
donald "duck" dunn
rodger waters

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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Jun 18, 2012 1:42pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Top Bassists

I hear Jack also recommends jumping off a large building wearing a yellow chicken suit.






Brian: "You are all individuals!"
Crowd (in unison) "We are all individuals"
Brian: "You are all different!"
Crowd: "We are all different"
Dissenter: "I'm not"

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Poster: Tidewater four ten O nine Date: Jun 18, 2012 4:23pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Top Bassists

Entwhistle (The Who) - no need for a vid, you must remember.

Sadly no longer with us, but probably responsible for all the thunderstorms coming from above.

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Poster: snow_and_rain Date: Jun 18, 2012 6:35pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Top Bassists

Paul Chambers, Ron Carter and Charlie Mingus

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Poster: utopian Date: Jun 20, 2012 1:13pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Top Bassists

Mingus would play every day til his fingers bled

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Poster: BasicBlack Date: Jun 18, 2012 12:16pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Top Bassists

Victor http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wRpLlbOgtx4&;feature=related

A nod to Sir Paul. Hell, why not just include him, if for this alone -

Sir Paul http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3uzC5KC_260

Yessir, he is playing right-handed. While it is a basic bass line, he is a lefty

Of course there are many....it's possible with Paul's birthday and having been jamming to Vic for the better part of the morning, that my field-of-view has been stopped down.

Stanley http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-cwSegtN_hI

Stanley a bit more recent http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IUm9y3BaruU&;feature=related

Unknown, but hands down fav - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YeicBoeq_Yc&;feature=related


This post was modified by BasicBlack on 2012-06-18 18:58:14

This post was modified by BasicBlack on 2012-06-18 19:16:35

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Poster: huntr Date: Jun 18, 2012 7:20pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Top Bassists

might need to modify that post a third time there...

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Poster: wineland Date: Jun 18, 2012 11:15am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Top Bassists

I saw the Tesdechi & Trucks Band last night and thought very highly of Oteil Burbridge. I've seen him in the ABB and BK3 as well and he's consistently delivered.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7czlanjaObs

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Jun 18, 2012 9:12pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Top Bassists

I have the wrong address for Scott Lafaro.

http://tinyurl.com/lgr9bv